William Thomas (Tommy) Barnes, III, MBA, has been named the Executive Director of Practice Plan Operations for Mercer Medicine—the multi-specialty physician group practice operated by the Mercer University School of Medicine. Barnes will be responsible for strengthening Mercer Medicine's mission of providing advanced primary and specialized care to patients throughout Central Georgia, as well as enhancing the medical education and research initiatives conducted by faculty physicians through the School of Medicine.

Barnes brings 14 years of health care administrative experience, primarily in the management of physician medical practices, to his new role with Mercer Medicine. His most recent position was as practice administrator and director of business development for Nexus Medical Holdings, LLC, a physician-owned medical management organization located in Macon, Georgia.

"I am excited about this new opportunity and I look forward to joining the Mercer Medicine team," says Barnes. "Mercer University has a long history of success and of being a leader in challenging times. I look forward to working with them in pursuing new healthcare opportunities here in Macon and Middle Georgia."

Barnes received his Master's in Business Administration degree from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, and his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta. He began his healthcare career at Central Georgia Health Systems and The Medical Center of Central Georgia where he was responsible for recruitment, staffing, training and management of physician practices in the Central Georgia region. In those roles, Barnes established successful and efficient operational guidelines and processes, as well as improved customer service and staff responsiveness.

"Tommy brings great integrity and proven success in managing physician practices with him to Mercer Medicine," states William F. Bina, III, MD, MPH, dean of the Mercer University School of Medicine. "With his wealth of healthcare experience, as well as his successful and longstanding relationship within the Macon and Bibb County communities, Tommy will be a valuable asset in our future expansion and our continued efforts to provide advanced patient care throughout Central Georgia."

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